Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane […]


Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary. […]


A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did […]


Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social […]


TSA Gets Rich on Travelers’ Loose Change


You’re at the airport. You’re furiously emptying your pockets before going through the security checkpoint so you can get to the gate (or bar) and not have to worry about anything until your flight starts boarding. You’re tossing your wallet, sunglasses, keys and the change from your pre-airport Starbucks stop into the bin with your […]


CVBs Reveal Best Ideas During DMA West


One of the most stimulating sessions during the annual Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) event is the Best Ideas Program. Each year the organization solicits submissions from convention and visitor bureaus from throughout the West to showcase innovative projects and creative marketing strategies by its members. This year’s DMA West Destination Marketing Summit took […]

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Orange County Convention Center to Get Expansions


It seems like Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center has been undergoing constant renovations and expansions for years now—and there’s a lot more to come, as reported by Richard Bilbao of Orlando Business Journal. The latest plans were revealed at the September 25 meeting of the International Drive Steering Committee meeting, and include new event spaces, […]

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Sanctuary Convention Center Coming this Fall to Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

Convention CentersDestinationsInternational

Last week, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta announced that it will soon be able to accommodate bigger meetings in the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico. The Sanctuary Convention Center is coming to the all-inclusive property this fall, and will be the largest convention center facility in the popular meetings destination. A 12,916-square-foot addition will elevate Hard […]


IMEX America 2015: The Biggest Gets Bigger

EventsIndustry Events

IMEX America 2015  adds more of what makes the industry’s biggest event GREAT IMEX America celebrates its fifth anniversary with the 2015 show (Oct. 13–15 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas). As has been the case with each successive show, this year’s event is poised to be bigger and better than ever, […]

Take Event Management Online

Techno Files: Take Event Management Online


7 ways technology streamlines events for planners and attendees There’s no denying it: Events are among the top ways to engage customers and prospects. In their annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America report, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs rank in-person events as the most effective B2B marketing tactic for the fifth consecutive […]